Health

Germany Detects H5N1 Bird Flu on Poultry Farm in Brandenburg

BERLIN, Dec 2 – Germany reported a first case of the contagious bird flu strain H5N1 on Friday on a small poultry farm in the northeastern state of Brandenburg, the state’s consumer protection ministry said. The farm in the Oberhavel district was sealed off and some 500 chicks, ducks and geese were culled, a spokeswoman

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U.N. Chief Sorry for World Body’s Role in Haiti Cholera Outbreak

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 2 – Outgoing United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon apologized to the people of Haiti on Thursday for the world body’s role in a deadly cholera outbreak blamed on Nepali U.N. peacekeepers that has killed more than 9,300 people. Haiti was free of cholera until 2010, when the peacekeepers dumped

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Surprising Monkey Study Could Lead to ‘Functional’ HIV Cure

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Dec 1 – Dr. Anthony Fauci doesn’t get too excited about the results of animal studies, and he doesn’t make house calls. But when a drug already taken by thousands of people for intestinal conditions appeared to control the monkey version of HIV, it got the attention of the director of

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Gaza Doctors Face Challenge After Birth of Conjoined Twins

GAZA, Nov 23 – Palestinian surgeons in the Gaza Strip were discussing medical options on Wednesday after the unexpected birth of conjoined twins – baby girls who share one heart and one body. “We thought they were twins and we would have no problem, but we discovered that it is a Siamese baby,” said Hanan

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Playboys and Misogynists More Likely to Have Mental Health Problems: Study

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK  – Men who behave like promiscuous playboys or feel powerful over women are more likely to have mental health problems than men with less sexist attitudes, according to a study released on Monday. The analysis found links between sexist behavior and mental health issues such as depression and substance abuse,

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Iran Reports Outbreaks of H5N8 Bird Flu in Tehran Area: OIE

Nov 21 – PARIS  – Iran reported two outbreaks of the highly contagious H5N8 bird flu virus at farms located in the Tehran region, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday, citing a report from the Iranian agriculture ministry. The outbreaks killed some 5,600 birds out of a total of nearly 283,500

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Choking Game Riskiest When Kids Play Alone

By Lisa Rapaport – Kids who play “choking games” to achieve a euphoric high are more likely to be suicidal and face a greater risk of injury and death when they play alone, a U.S. study suggests. It’s dangerous enough in groups, but without others present to interrupt the asphyxiation children face an increased risk

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Childhood Cancer Survivors May Not Get Needed Adult Care

By Lisa Rapaport – Children who’ve had cancer may be more likely to receive the follow-up care they need in adulthood if their parents take the time to teach them how to interact with doctors while they’re young, a recent study suggests. “Parents who both act as a support for their children as they age and

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